Family Vacation Ideas: 10 Places our Family Plans to Visit in 2016

Does your family have a goal for 2016?  Is it to travel more this year?  Depending on your personal situation, that might be unreasonable, but every year is a new opportunity to explore more of our planet and create memories through spending quality time with family!  And it’s still January, which means there is time to sit down and look at some family vacation ideas and see how many places you can visit this year.  You might actually be surprised!

Since our family is making a house move this year, we have decided to make the majority of our trips this year a little closer to home. Plus, with the addition of a new little one and a toddler, road trips and some camping sound like a great idea!

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

We’re planning on camping this year at Yellowstone National Park.  When staying on a budget and exploring the great outdoors, camping is a must for a family.  We plan on road tripping down to Wyoming from Alberta in the fall and spending a solid week relaxing and enjoying some fresh air.

Family Vacation Ideas - Grand Prismatic Spring

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Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

We couldn’t just pick one place to visit when visiting in Yellowstone National Park as both the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful are on our bucket list.

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Hike Lac Beauvert in Jasper National Park, Alberta

For us, Jasper is a fairly short road trip away.  We’ll drive up and plan to spend a few nights in a hotel before returning to Calgary.  While we are there, we’ll test out our toddlers legs on this 4km (return trip) hike.

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Camping in Kananaskis, Alberta

We have a toddler and a newborn… so we should probably do a couple weekend, test run, camping trips before driving down to Yellowstone.  Kananaskis is just an hour away and… well just check out these Fall Kananaskis Photos and you’ll see!

Family Vacation Ideas - Kananaskis Country

Trail Skating in Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville, Ontario

Our one plane ride will be home to Ontario for Christmas.  Last time we visited Ontario as a family we didn’t get up to Huntsville where Jamie’s grandparents live, so this is a must for us.  While we are at it, why not take a skate along the Arrowhead Skating Trail!

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Explore Cave & Basin Historical Site, Banff, Alberta

Who says that travel has to always be overnight?  We want to travel more in 2016 so that means day trips.  We are just over an hour from Banff National Park and there is not a shortage of new things to see and experience here.  After all, Banff National Park is on everyone’s bucket list!

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Hiking in Durham Forest, Ontario

While we are back in Ontario, we plan on taking our kids for a nice short hike through Durham Forest.  Jamie and I grew up very close to this beautiful wooded area and we’d love to share it with our children.

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West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta

Okay, if you live in Edmonton, you may think, “what’s the big deal”?  But for us, this is a BIG DEAL!  Growing up in Ontario, West Edmonton Mall was always touted as the best mall in Canada.  We’ve lived 3 hours away for 5 years now and haven’t gone!  And with a toddler, there are so many things to do!

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Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

This might be more than a short day trip away but we always end up in the mountains when we have a free weekend.  I’ve always wanted to photograph this lake so I’m determined to get my family in the car and find our way here.  We’ll have to be strategic though because the access road is not always open!

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Camping in Dinosaur Provincial Park, Drumheller, Alberta

This will be our second weekend camping (test) trip.  Drumheller is another place within a few hours from our home but it’s probably the most exciting place to go camping with a 3 y/o.  I’m sure we’ll also head into town to visit the Royal Tyrell Museum again!

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Are you inspired yet?  2016 can be the year that you travel more.  It just takes being creative and looking at what’s close by.  When brainstorming family vacation ideas, don’t stop with that 1 big trip.  Do some research and find inexpensive places close by where you can explore more of #ourbestworld.

Let us know where you will be going this year in the comments below!

About Christina Newman

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